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  • Top Ten Superhero Movies

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in theaters April 4, is the latest installment in the current glut of superhero movies that shows no signs of slowing down. A lifelong comic-book geek myself, I don’t mind acknowledging some genre fatigue&mdash… read more

  • An Interview with St. Peter

    by Alexandra Caulway

    Actor Darwin Shaw is no stranger to the role of Saint Peter. He played the role in The History Channel’s series The Bible and took on the challenge with 20th Century Fox’s new movie Son of God, directed by Christopher Spencer. Shaw opened… read more

  • The People's Princess

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Grace of Monaco, opening in theaters in March, stars Nicole Kidman as Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco—better known to the world as Grace Kelly.   Like Kate Middleton and Diana Spencer, Grace Kelly was a “people’s… read more

  • Catholicism: The New Evangelization

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Since Bl. Pope John Paul II called for a “new evangelization” in 1983, the phrase has become common in Catholic circles, yet too often it’s been a slogan with little substance—or success. Father Robert Barron’s work with… read more

  • The Virgin Mary At the Movies

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Mary of Nazareth, now touring North America in isolated screenings hosted by Ignatius Press, is the latest in a number of films over the last couple of decades focusing in a special way on the role of the Blessed Virgin in the gospel story. This development… read more

  • Twelve Years A Slave

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    The award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, now in theaters, isn’t just an astonishing film about an important subject. It’s also a rare and valuable film of a kind I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before.   I can’t believe … read more

  • Over the Rainbow

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Vatican film list honoree The Wizard of Oz celebrates its 75th anniversary with a 3D IMAX release in late September and a new collector’s edition October 1st.   “Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what’s on the other side?” … read more

  • Ghibli Film Is Summer's Best-Kept Secret

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Looking back over the movies of summer 2013, it’s been a lackluster season for Hollywood so far—and that applies particularly to one of my favorite movie categories, animation. The best of the summer was Pixar’s latest sequel, Monsters University—… read more

  • Top Ten Movie Dads

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    Picking the top 10 movie dads was both easier and harder than picking the top 10 movie moms (see last month). Easier, because there were more candidates to choose from—and harder for the same reason! (Candidates for worst movie dads are also more plentiful… read more

  • Top Ten Movie Moms

    by Steven D. Greydanus

    When I set out to make a list of great movie moms in honor of Mother’s Day, I knew it wouldn’t be easy—but I found it even harder than I thought. Let’s face it: Great mothers are in short supply in the movies.   Still, … read more